The much celebrated second wedding anniversary is associated with the beautiful gemstone, the garnet. Ancient Romans were particularly fond of garnets. While the word garnet comes from an old English word which means dark red, it can also be found in other colours, with blue being the rarest and most valuable. The clear examples are the ones used for jewellery, ornaments and healing crystals, while the other opaque garnets are used in industry as an abrasive. The stones are mined primarily in northwestern India, but synthetic versions can also be created in laboratories. Garnet symbolises energy, health and passion, perfect for anniversaries!
One of the prettiest of flowers, lily of the valley symbolises the second wedding anniversary. It is a decorative feature on a variety of gifts. It is ideal for those who do not wish to purchase something made of cotton. Its sweet scent fragrances the woodlands of Asia and Europe during May and June. Lily of the valley represents abundance, innocence and purity. Although usually white, it is possible to find a pink variety.
Cotton from Egypt is the finest in the world and is available in many top-rated hotels and luxurious spas. It is always hand-picked, which is a guarantee of density and purity, combined with strength and softness. The thread count is an indication of its quality and ranges from 120 to 1000.
With every passing year, wedding anniversaries require an appropriate gift for the happy couple. This age-old tradition can be a bit of a headache, particularly when there don’t appear to be any suitable, and yet romantic, gifts. Take the second anniversary for example, and you might be disappointed to find that cotton is the expected gift. Not exactly awe-inspiring is it? However, there is always something appropriate for all tastes and budgets. Don’t forget, each anniversary also has its own particular flower and gemstone too, opening up a world of ideas. Here are some cotton wedding anniversary ideas for all budgets.